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Building a Future for Distributors and Dealers of Building Products

Volume 44,  Issue 7                                        September  2005

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Companies Expand Territories and Facilities

COMPANY NEWS
Akzo Nobel Enhances Distribution of Sikkens Coatings on the West Coast
Troy, Mich.-based Akzo Nobel Decorative Coatings North America, manufacturer of Sikkens-brand decorative finishes, is upgrading its distribution capability on the U.S. West Coast to provide improved service to dealers in the Western states.

The company is expanding space in the region for its line of coatings for buildings, homes and decks and is partnering with a California-based distributor to shorten delivery times to dealers and ensure products arrive in top-quality condition. 

“The addition of this new distribution channel is a sign of our ever-increasing commitment to our independent dealers in all parts of the country,” said Gerry Koutavas, general manager, Decorative Coatings North America. “Independent dealers in the Western United States will find that the quality of our deliveries fully matches the legendary quality of our products, as delivery times in most cases shrink dramatically to one to two days for most of the West.”

Next-day service will be available for parts of California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. The new distribution center in Sacramento will enable West Coast dealers to place an order by noon and have it shipped on the same day. Also, the close proximity of the distribution center allows Sikkens to ship products using high-quality short-haul carriers, ensuring better protection of cargo.

Last year, 15 percent of Sikkens’ products were shipped to dealers in the ten Western states of Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming, according to a company news release. 

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Deceuninck Announces Facility Expansion 
Deceuninck North America (DNA) has announced that it has increased capacity at its facility in Monroe, Ohio, significantly. The plant is used for the production of composite decking and railing systems as part of its strategic alliance with Pittsburgh-based Alcoa Home Exterior Inc. According to Deceuninck chief executive officer and vice chairperson Darwin Brown, the expansion phase was planned and implemented to service the growing needs of Alcoa and its distribution partners. 

“Our composite products offer color-fast, highly durable and low-maintenance alternatives to traditional wood and are among the hottest categories in the $3.5 billion decking market,” said Brown. “This major expenditure of millions of dollars certainly shows the commitment DNA and Alcoa Home Exteriors have to this rapidly growing product.” 

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PSI Distributors Now Carries Tendura®
Tendura of Troy, Ala., has announced that PSI distributors of Elizabeth, N.J., will now carry Tendura products.

Formerly known as Plywood Specialties Inc., PSI Distributors will carry both the Classic and Solids lines of TenduraPlank® tongue-and-groove composite porch floorboard.
With its own fleet of trucks, PSI Distributors is able to service lumber retailers in New Jersey and New York City, Long Island and Westchester County, N.Y.

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